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The Best Season Yet,
This review is from: The Sarah Jane Adventures - Series 4 [DVD] (DVD)
The Sarah Jane Adventures has been one of the finest series on CBBC ever and gave both Elizabeth Sladen and Sarah Jane Smith to continue their time in the Doctor Who world of aliens and enemies, monsters and villains, the wonders of the universe and protecting the Earth. The fourth series massively improves on the third with strong stories and more realistic enemies and stories. It's the strongest one yet with better CGI, more developement in the overall story of Sarah Jane's World, and monsters more terrifying and sinister than ever before.
The Nightmare Man 9/10 - the darkest episode of the series so far, which looks at the innermost fears of Luke, Clyde and Rani as they battle probably their most sinister foe who preys on their nightmares and fears. Well rounded, very atmospheric episode and midway turns into a full pshychological thriller, this story sees the goodbye of Luke as a regular defender of the Earth as he goes off to University, waving a fond and quite sad farewell. This is probably also one of the most human stories of the series as it sees Sarah Jane adjust to letting him go into the world on his own.
Vault of Secrets 7/10 - sees the return of Androvax, the alien able to hide in other's bodies from Series 3. The episode also sees a returning enemy from Doctor Who: Dreamland, in the form of Mr Dread, who brings a kind of Matrix kind of feel to the episode. The story follows the trio helping Androvax to open a mysterious vault. The episode is probably the lightest and features Gita meeting with a UFO spotting group, who's name has the abbreivation of BURPS.
Death of the Doctor 9/10 - The Doctor is back again alongside Sarah Jane Smith and Jo Grant, the Doctor's companion prior to her. It's an epic story with blue Graske, Laila Rouass as a sinister UNIT officer and the enemy - gigantic birds as funeral organisers. Any adventure where the Doctor is around is a brilliant story, although the story gets a little far-fetched at the end.
The Empty Planet 5/10 - Easily the weakest story of the season, the premise is that Clyde and Rani find the world empty one day and it's a hunt to find out why. The first episode moves at a very slow pace, with the two trying to work out why the Earth's population has gone missing. They then meet a teenager called Gavin with an inconsistent past - and then the robots enter. Whilst it has a good starting concept of being alone in a truly empty world, it lacks tension and the final part of the plot is somewhat ludicrous.
Lost in Time 10/10 - Another dark and strong episode of the series, Sarah Jane, Clyde and Rani have to collect three items that can change the course of history if they are used in three different time periods. Rani is sent to the 16th century, mistaken for Lady Jane Grey's maid, Clyde ends up in Britain, World War II with nazis on the beach and Sarah Jane in a mysterious house where a tragedy is heard in the voices of ghosts. Probably the best thing about this episode is that its convincing and human (no aliens) - Rani and Lady Jane Grey have probably one of the best scenes in the series as the Tudor Monarch faces her impending and inevitable death, Clyde has to prevent an invasion of Nazis on British soil, and Sarah Jane's mystery is a brilliantly presented one of past, present and future in a house in the 18th century. Epic, beautifully paced, sinister, action-packed and ambiguous.
Goodbye Sarah Jane 8/10 - The Sarah Jane Adventures has often faultered in its series finales as they don't often measure up to the standards of the rest of the series set, Series 1, OK, Series 2, emotional but overambitious, Series 3, weak and somewhat predictable, Series 4, the best ending, and a foreshadwoing of tragic events yet to come. The premise is that anoher protector of the Earth, Ruby has dropped by and Sarah Jane is seemingly losing memory, to the point where she hands over responsibility to Ruby. Big Mistake. What follows is a well structured story, dark moments and a brilliant resolution to the series with the return of Luke.
48/60 - Overall, the strongest, darkest, boldest and overall best series of Sarah Jane. RIP Elizabeth Sladen and thank you for your time on Doctor Who and Sarah Jane Adventures. Roll on the remainder of Series 5 - and thank you Elizabeth Sladen and Russell T Davies for the best series that CBBC has shown.
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Initial post: 27 Oct 2011 19:21:01 BDT
J HALL says:
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2011 19:50:44 BDT
I am reviewing the production - therefore reviewing the product - therefore there's no problem. This review is basically showing what people get if they buy Sarah Jane Adventures Series 4 in terms of the quality of the episodes - which are the product, it's more helpful to people if they know the series' content and merits - it's why they buy it in the first place.
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Dec 2011 19:10:02 GMT
Napolean Bonaparte says:
This J HALL is atwat!
Posted on 30 Dec 2011 11:41:15 GMT
You review whatever you want to, mate. Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your review! Just as a comment on the reviews in general; I've come here today, to buy this; reviews are irrelevant to my decision, because I've seen it, loved it, and want to relive it, repeatedly. I do find it rather wonderful though, that as of today, EVERY rating given to this wonderful show is a 5/5. Not ONE person has rated it lower! I think that's a testament to a terrific series, a true family show, and above all, a remarkable, much loved, and very much missed actress.
Lis Sladen was a HUGE part of my childhood, and I'm not ashamed to say I cried when I heard the news of her passing. Reviews like yours make me realise just how many lives she touched, how accessible her tenure as a companion, and later, as the main "hero", is for anyone, of any age, and how much joy she brought into our lives.
So long, my... no, OUR Sarah Jane... x
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